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43-6560

P-51 Mustang

One-time personal aircraft of Lt Col James A Clark. Lost on escort mission to Poznan, Poland. On return, whilst strafing a Luftwaffe airbase, hit by Flak and bellied in. Pilot Lt Frank Speer initially evaded, but then was captured POW. 29-May-44. MACR 5396.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

People

  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • Frank Speer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Frank was born in January 1922 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. When Frank was six his family moved to a farm in eastern Pennsylvania due to his father's poor health being a coal miner. ...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Stargard, Poland 29 May 1944 – 29 May 1944

Lost on escort mission to Poznan, Poland. On return, whilst strafing a Luftwaffe airbase, hit by Flak and bellied in. Pilot Lt Frank Speer initially evaded, but then was captured POW. 29-May-44. MACR 5396.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2016 12:04:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5396&Submit=Go
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_sp...
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6560&Submit=Se...

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 20:33:33 apollo11 Changes to markings, description, person associations and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5396 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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